As Americans, we love to celebrate and kick back with a few good drinks. This is also very true when it comes to certain holidays. Here is a list of the top ten drinking holidays in no particular order.
The season’s biggest game is much more than just a sports event. The Super Bowl has become a bona fide American holiday. Football fans across the U.S. flocks to bars on this big day for some good bar food, drinks, entertainment and the game.
Mardi Gras started out as a day that came after lent when people could start eating food they gave up for lent. Over time it has become one of the most celebrated drinking holidays in New Orleans.
Cinco De Mayo is a favorite day for those who love tequila and celebrating Mexico. This holiday marks a battle that Mexico won over France. Many people believe it is Mexico’s Independence day, which is actually a totally different day. Either way American culture has embraced this holiday and it has become a heavy day of drinking.
This holiday was meant to celebrate the workforce in America, however many people are unhappy with their jobs and career choices. This holiday has become almost a mandatory day to barbeque or to head to a bar. Of course, that is if you are lucky enough to have the day off from work.
The 4th of July is a great drinking holiday because so many people are celebrating our independence. There are even red, white and blue cocktails to go along with all the fireworks. And let’s not forget the spiked watermelon or jello shots! In the U.S. we do love a great holiday that encourages drinking.
Halloween was meant to be a kids holiday, however what do you do when you have no kids and you don’t feel like sitting at home handing out candy? You either head to an adult Halloween party or you head to your local bar. Yes, as adults we still do love to get dressed up but we love that we can drink even more.
This holiday of drinking green beer, eating corned beef and cabbage and dressing like a leprechaun is a big favorite for many. Any holiday that takes you to your local Irish pub or any bar for that matter is going to be a big drinking holiday. Just don’t leave home without wearing green.
I don’t know if it’s the football, relatives or the food that drives us to drink on Thanksgiving. It’s most likely a combination of these things. Or maybe it’s the fact that you just burned your turkey and ended up eating at local Chinese restaurant instead. Either way, many Americans across the nation take up lots of drinking on this holiday.
Memorial day is typically the first summer holiday of the year. It’s a holiday where we honor the soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom. It’s a holiday most of us get off from work, giving us a three or four day weekend of fun. And just like Labor day this drinking holiday is marked with backyard barbecue and attending local bar events.
A new year is a way to celebrate the past and start anew. New Year’s Eve is a day where you are encouraged to open a bottle of champagne at midnight and indulge with friends and families. It’s no wonder with all the big New Year Eve events at many bars and drinking establishments that this is one of biggest drinking holidays in the United States.
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Sometimes, a regular cocktail just doesn’t do it, especially during the holidays. It’s not that it tastes bad, but sipping something that looks like a regular glass of alcohol doesn’t really scream “holiday spirit,” if you ask me. Behold are some incredible layered drinks for popular occasions.
It’s almost here. Perhaps the shift most dreaded by bartenders and servers everywhere, St. Patrick’s Day. A day of unchecked drinking, parades, and green beer. Here are some tips to ease the pain of the Saint Patrick’s Day shift.
If you live in a major city, like I do, this day can mean literally hundreds of thousands of people descending on your town to run rampant in the mild spring weather. It’s a very long day; one that all service industry staff can expect to be working upwards of 12 hours. But don't worry, it's some ways to get through the day.
Seriously. Eat at every chance you get. Go to work with a full stomach and bring snacks. Healthy ones, like bananas and protein bars. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve skipped breakfast to get some extra sleep and had my stomach growling all day, and my energy fade as the day wore on. What made it worse is it gets so busy that the chance to order food is almost impossible.
Be sure to get some sleep the night before. Go to bed as early as possible so you can wake up refreshed. This won’t help the inevitable feeling of dread in your stomach when you get up, but at least you won’t be tired throughout the day.
This is going to be a really long day, and you may not have the 18th off. If your bar is the kind of place that lets you take a few shots with customers, maybe save those for the end of your shift. There’s no worse feeling than being a little drunk when you still have to work for ten hours. Also, you need to be hyper-vigilant about over-serving customers on St. Patrick’s Day and you can’t do that if you’re wasted.
This might sound clichéd but it really works. Someone is going to make you mad on this day, it can’t be avoided. You will get stiffed on a check, bumped on your way to the service station, or shouted at for attention. All of these little things aren’t so bad when they happen every once in awhile on a normal night. But on St. Patrick’s day it happens again, and again… and again. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed, take 3 or 4 deep breaths and I promise the world will look a little brighter.
Keep Your Cash Organized
In one place I worked, the manager would periodically go around to all the registers and take some cash down to the office. This was amazingly helpful. Not only was I not struggling to stuff 200 one dollar bills into a tiny bucket, but there was far less to count at the end of the night.
If you have any time at all throughout the day, count and bundle your cash. Even organize your receipts if you can. This will allow you to get out quicker when the night (finally) ends.
St. Patrick’s day is a good time to get to know your own liability as a bartender. While it’s a chronic day of over-serving, never ever put yourself at risk. If someone really seems like they’ve had too much, or talks about driving home, get your manager, cut them off, and take any other necessary steps to protect yourself and the establishment.
What always gets me through, is thinking about the beer I’ll have at my local spot when I’m finished. The crowds will have long since dissipated and I can finally relax. There’s nothing like that feeling of camaraderie between bartenders after a day like St. Patrick’s.
Oh and also, if anyone was rude to you, take comfort when you’re done and counting all of their money. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!
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